Earlier today, SledgeHockeyGB revealed the jerseys the team will be wearing at the upcoming 2015 Sledge Hockey B World Championships, scheduled to get underway on Monday in Ostersund, Sweden. They jerseys were made by Jersey 53.
Company representative Ali Cree said of the jerseys, “Jersey 53 are thrilled to be supporting the GB Sledge Hockey Team in their upcoming World Championship Campaign. We look forward to following the championships closely and will be cheering on the squad. We hope to build connections with British Sledge Hockey Association and its members to help accommodate their custom requirements for all members. We are totally inspired by these athletes fight over adversity to reach their goals and aspirations to represent Britain.”
The British side plays in Group B, where they are scheduled to play Sweden, South Korea, Slovakia, and Poland as they have been slotted in Group B. The British roster includes Darren Brown, Tyler Christopher, Jon Le Galloudec, Bryan Hackworth, Ian Warner, Karl Nicholson, Matt Woollias, Matt Clarkson, Rob Gaze, Scott Turner, Paul Furber. Nine members of the team are returning from the 2013 bronze medal world championship team, and two members have competed at a Paralympic Games.
Coming into the tournament, Head Coach Andrew Linton was quoted by Sledge Hockey GB as saying, “This worlds we are looking to pick up where we left off in Japan, competing for a medal, we feel we had a disappointing Paralympic qualification tournament and want to make amends for that. […] The guys, as always, have been working hard on the ice, and are looking forward to competing again. There are no easy games in international sport and Sweden and Korea will be the biggest challenge but every team we play will be wanting the same thing as us which is to win.”